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    So I took the camera on a walk today. I'm still trying to figure it all out.
    I took this from a friend's field. all I did was crop it and fiddled with the curves.



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    I like the composition here. The sky is off though, the clouds looked blown out or too white, and the sky usually isn't that aqua colour. The tree itself looks pretty good, and so does the foreground. Is it possible to lighten the greenary/ trees in the distance on the left, they seem just a bit too dark.

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    Lookat that sharpness!!! You weren't getting with your P&S now were you?

    Composition is nice, no surprizes there.

    The dynamic range is harsh with that bright sky and the dark trees though. Some dodging of the trees to bring them up a bit would help.

    You've lost the colour in the sky also and ended up with an aqua colour above the horizon. A polarizer filter would have helped there. Photoshop (and I guess Gimp) have a colour replace feature that might turn that back to a decent shade of blue.

    The snow is sitting in a trail I think that pases the tree and dissappears to our right before reappearing and travelling across to the farm house. I wonder if keeping that bend in the trail we can't see would have been a good thing? By moving to your right more you may have been able to put he tree in the left of frame and included that trail and house as secondary elements.

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    I think the background is a little too complicated for this image. My eye is wandering all over the place. This would make a great silhouette if you could get it with the sun behind it in the evening.

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    everyone.

    I took quite a few shots of this tree so will go back and see what else I have. I know I have some with more to the right but didn't like the background. It was about 3p.m. and the sun was bright. I will see if I can tone down the sky too. I know I didn't have the setting on vibrant colour so will go back. I had the same thoughts about the blue of the sky but wasn't sure if it was my monitor or not.

    oh and I have a set of filters on order. should be here in a week or so......

    Okay so I made some of the changes. I cloned out the telephone poles, adjusted the sky colour and tried to lighten up the trees. I can't change the comp until I get home but I think that this is an improvement.

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    Definitely going in the right direction!

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    I'd have said the wrong direction. I wanted to see that aqua disappear and more of the darker blue in it's place. However, you now have a uniform colour which you should be able to change to a nicer hue.

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    So one vote yea and the other nay.

    The colour it is now represents the colour it was on the day. But I am certainly willing to play with shades.....

    Keep in mind I'm also a newbie with photo editing I didn't know colour changing was possible like that until you mentioned it. A quick search and 'yup, here's how you do it'.

    do you like the removal of the poles though?
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    I liked the blue sky better before as well.

    For me the sky is a bit blown and horizon sloped right.
    To my eye the bottom left treed corner looks a tad dark.

    I think my eye is searching for a focal point at T.I suggested, and it wants it to be the tree...and yet the house in the bkgd is in competition for it.

    Overall i still like this image and it has nice curves and lines in many parts.

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    thanks Marko
    I will play with the colour and see if I can get it better. The location is quite hilly so the horizon might be off or it might be accurate. I'll take a closer look.
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